Keeping an Accurate Food Diary
Keeping a food diary allows you to keep track of the following: an accurate picture of what you eat daily, a good way to gain more control over your diet, give you a good insight into what you’re eating and how it affects your health and lifestyle, and, best of all, may help you manage or lose weight or eat healthier.
Set up your diary
Prepare your food diary by first deciding where to record it, in a notebook or by downloading a food journal app on your smart phone, then type the headings of the following: a record of the date, time, place, item eaten, quantity consumed, and some comments. If you have chosen a notebook, select one that has a lot of pages for your daily track and if it’s an app, you can download from the web or you can try online tracking device.
When you accurately record every food that you take on a daily basis and you note down the specific ingredients that were used in complicated dishes, you’ll remember what foods went into each dish and its equivalent calories. Record everything including snacks, beverages, and, especially, water to determine on whether you need to consume more water to help you hydrated.
Jot down what were your impressions to the meal served before eating them and 20 minutes after eating, write again your reactions to the variety of foods that you have eaten, noting down what particular foods satisfied you and give a reason for that, as well as your moods during the meal and your hunger level and if there were instances of side effects after eating, like feeling nauseous or having an upset stomach.
Look for food patterns in your eating habits
By analyzing the pattern of your food preferences, you are able to determine if some foods affect your moods or which meals leave you hungry or satisfying or what situations do you tend to overeat.
Record also any improvement in achieving your goal
Being able to track your progress through a food diary is a motivating experience, most especially if your goal is to lose weight the proper way, and, in this manner, you feel like moving on towards achieving your goal will be almost there. Always record your weight at the end of each week and notice any significant fluctuation developing and analyze what foods may have caused the weight fluctuation and record what exercises you have performed during your food diet journey.